“Having art in my life wasn’t just a distraction, it was my strength, my confidence, my hope and my reason to wake up each morning and live another day.”

– Steven Hazlett, ArtWorks Teaching Artist and Brain Tumor Survivor

Our Mission:
Founded in 2002, ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the healthcare experience of pediatric patients through the arts. ArtWorks provides children and young adults starting from birth to age 24 facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses, and their families, access to creative and performing arts programs that serve as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development.

ArtWorks Programs Include:

  • Teaching Artists Program invites Teaching Artists into the hospital setting to offer our Young Artists workshops and one-on-one sessions.
  • Surprise!Supplies brings art supplies and craft kits to our Young Artists through specifically designed mobile art carts, providing opportunities to create throughout the day, especially for our Young Artists who are not able to leave their beds.
  • Express Yourself is an annual creative and performing arts exhibition inviting our New York and New Jersey Young Artists to take part in a program of awe-inspiring performances and a gallery exhibition.

The Legacy of Naomi Cohain - Our Inspiration

The Legacy of Naomi Cohain - Our Inspiration

On left: Naomi Cohain with her younger sister Ariella Cohain; on right: Artwork by Naomi.


Founded by Daniela Mendelsohn, ArtWorks is inspired by the life of her late cousin, Naomi Cohain. At the age of 14, Naomi was diagnosed with late stage Bone Cancer and found herself spending more and more time in the hospital setting.

Working closely with an art therapist, her creative moments became more significant and Naomi’s passion for the arts provided a vital emotional outlet and source of comfort throughout her illness. Naomi’s story lives on through ArtWorks, inspiring others and serving as a testament to the healing powers of the creative process.



  • Laura Langley
    Executive Director
  • Fran Heyman
    Program Director

Board Members

  • Cynthia Cohain
    Board Co-Chair
  • Brianna Elefant
    Board Co-Chair
  • Peter Bremberg
    Board Member
  • David Cohain
    Board Member
  • Philip Michael
    Board Member
  • Daniela Mendelsohn
    Founder, Ex-Officio

Advisory Council

  • Ellen Goldring, ATR-BC, CCLS, LPC
    Supervisor of Child Life/Creative Arts Therapy Services / Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Dr. Michael Harris, pediatric hematologist-oncologist
    Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Meghan D. Kelly, MS, CCLS
    Director of Child Life / Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
  • Genevieve Lowry M.Ed, CEIM CCLS
    Acting Director of the Child Life Program / Bank Street College of Education NY, NY
  • Frances Clemente
    MS, CCLS at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone
  • Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale MA CCLS
    Director of the Child Life Master’s Program / Bank Street College of Education
  • Ria G. Hawks
    RN, CPNP, ArtWorks Teaching Artist
  • Sharon Granville
    MS, CCLS, CTRS, NCC, Manager of Child Life Services, at New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Dale Hill
    Independent Evaluation Consultant, Trustee, Partners for Development & Asherah Foundation

Hospital Partners


  • Alex Brands
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Arch For Kids
  • Alliance for Arts & Health - New Jersey
  • Andrea's Frame It Yourself
  • Black Rock
  • Bloomingdales
  • Boothbay Fund Management
  • Bruno Magli
  • Child Life Technology
  • Colart
  • The Community Chest
  • Dolce and Gabbana
  • Frame Art, LLC
  • Framed Image
  • Fresko
  • Gitler &______
  • Goldbar NYC
  • Himan Brown Charitable Trust
  • Houlihan Lawrence
  • Jacklyn Kling - Distinctive Framework
  • K-Deer
  • Loop of the Loom
  • Made Visible Foundation
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Manhattan Beer Disributors
  • Marks Paneth
  • Montclair State University
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • PBC Property  Building Corp
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rogin Nassau
  • Royal Wine Corporation
  • The Russell Berrie Foundation
  • Small Factory Productions
  • Scenic Landscaping
  • Sohn Conference Foundation
  • Stand Up NY
  • Stantec
  • Sweetwater SOcial
  • Trapani Art & Frame
  • Westwood Gallery
  • Woolrich
  • The World of Ed Heck
Audited Financial Statements Federal Form 990 
2015 2015 990 Form
2016 2016 990 Form
2017 2017 990 Form
2018 2018 990 Form